Leaf & litter bucket: Grade = C-

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Jul 8, 2009
Kubota BX2360
Using what I had and hoped it worked.

Started with a heavy 2x4 pallet and a discarded cut-down steel book cabinet. Extended the pallet to 54 inches to match cabinet. Screwed them together, added some hardware to hold it to the bucket. Clamped on the bucket forks, slipped it on, and loaded it.

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No trouble lifting it. Hauled it down the road to a brush pile. Very happy.

Arrived at the brush pile and the troubles started. With this load and the heavy bucket, the loader reached about 1 foot short of full height. I dump the bucket, and it hits the top of the pile at a shallow angle and won't dump out. Back up a bit so the edge is off the top of the pile, wiggle it around a bit and finally get it to dump out. Can't tilt it back to level. With the poor leverage angle at full dump, the curl cylinder is too weak to raise the bucket to level. (it had no trouble tilting it when near level when loaded) Lower it until the bucket touches the ground, put the loader in float, curl the bucket, and back up to get the bucket level. Drive back, park the tractor, and think.

It would work well on a stronger, taller loader, but I'm not upgrading tractors to salvage this project. I think I'll modify it a bit, add hinges, and use it on a carryall.

i've got some other scraps around to retry the leaf bucket project. This time it will use the tractor bucket instead of being in front of it. I'll make it just a bit shorter, too. This will shorten the whole thing about 2 feet which will get the load farther back to improve lift and be easier to dump.

If i didn't do things, I wouldn't have the fun of fixing things.

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Reduce size of "bucket" so you don't overload system or ditch the pallet forks and slide bucket deeper into FEL so system has better leverages and figure different way to secure it....

This is my leaf bucket made for a old guard off some sort of (unknow) machine...

   / Leaf & litter bucket: Grade = C-
  • Thread Starter
I wanted the cabinet to go into the bucket and be held up and in by a side diagonal support. But the cabinet size is exactly the same as the bucket. It won't fit into the bucket, and the bucket won't fit into the cabinet.

Then I noticed the unused pallet and ....

   / Leaf & litter bucket: Grade = C- #4  
That's real nice, a lot nicer than the joke I rigged together. 😂
   / Leaf & litter bucket: Grade = C-
  • Thread Starter
I'm feeling much better now. Grade = B


The tractor maneuvers much better without around 10 feet of stuff ahead of the front axle.

No dump feature, too complicated to modify to dump. Better to start fresh with building a dump capability. It only takes a few minutes with a pitchfork to unload.

If it had a tailgate and was level full, if would hold one cubic yard. 4x4.5x1.5

I found a 2ft by 4ft metal shelf I can use to extend the bucket bottom 2ft. That will be much better for the bucket extension.